Little Lessons

Dusty Dreams

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 9, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

30 years ago, this week, a doctor’s pronouncement meant the end to a dream. This month, it happened again.

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Topics: running, veteran, support, success, dreams

A Light Needs Darkness to Shine

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark." – Kate DiCamillo

On a bright, sunny day, go outside with a strong flashlight. Turn on the light. You probably won’t see any difference.

Sit in a dark room. Light a single match. Your surroundings are transformed.

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Topics: inspiration, love, goals, running, marathon

A Good Reason to Run

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 21, 2017 5:02:00 AM

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Ever since I started running marathons 10 years ago, the most common question I hear is, “Why?”

  • I love taking on challenges where I may not succeed?
  • I enjoy the uninterrupted, unconnected quiet time during 18-20-mile-long training runs?
  • I’m just a stubborn “son-of-a-you-know-what”?

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Topics: running, veteran

Your Time of Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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I love mornings. Waking up right before the dawn. Listening to the sounds of the world awakening. Hearing the songbirds announce the first moments of light.

I ease into my daily rituals. A quick check of email. Look over my latest writing project. Roll the kinks out of my legs. Pick out a route for that morning’s run.

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Topics: goals, hard work, motivation, running, strength

The Journey Has Only Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“I am not going to advocate ... the abandoning of the improved modes of travel; but I am going to brag as lustily as I can on behalf of the pedestrian, and show how all the shining angels second and accompany the man who goes afoot, while all the dark spirits are ever looking out for a chance to ride.” - John Burroughs

Hands_In_The_Air.jpgTen years ago – April 2, 2007 – I began running again. I was turning 45 that year, so I decided to mark the occasion by running the Army 10-Miler in Washington, DC. It was a lofty goal, as I struggled to complete a 2-mile run at a 12 minute-per-mile pace. Two great friends – Ken and Brian – agreed to provide advice and support as I prepared for the race.

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Topics: running, motivation, goals